Things to see & do

While you're at Allen Banks...

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Try geocaching

Have you ever done this before? It's a really fab way to get out and about, by yourself or with friends and family. Type in a code and you're on your way to hunt for the cache! You can do this here at Allen Banks or perhaps Hadrian's Wall? Simple and fun.

Woodland walks

Don't opt for a posh day out and spend lots of money, come here instead! Enjoy the fresh air and history as you make your way round Allen Banks woodland - bring the kids and the dogs, it's a place for everyone (and everything).

Don't miss...

  • Seeing who can spot a Red Squirrel
  • Taking your pooch for an adventure
  • Discovering a range wildlife in their own habitat
  • Snacking on a picnic at the seating area
  • Admiring the night sky at a new Dark Sky Discovery Site
  • Having a well-deserved rest in the new and improved summerhouse
  • Unbeatable views of the Tyne Valley
Explore Hadrian's Wall Country and discover history as well as the views. © James Howard

Explore Hadrian's Wall Country and discover history as well as the views.

Be brave

Boy, do we have some treats on offer this year, there's lots that you can get involved in.

Head underground at Nenthead, climb Crag Lough at Hadrian's Wall (and see some stunning views as you do) abseil at Allen Banks (and see some stunning views from here too), cycle along the South Tyne Trail and much more!

Wildlife at Allen Banks

Have you heard about the family of otters residing at Allen Banks? Let us know if you see them during your visit. There's also a whole range of other spring wildlife here, wonder what there is?

Learn about nature

There's an array of fungi and a whole range of species that crops up here, so Ranger Jonny Tomlinson has set up an iSpot account - can you help us to identify them and show us what you see too.

Cosy up for a picnic

Bring along your favourite snacks (and treats) as well as drinks for a picnic at a secluded spot in the woodland. If you prefer hot drinks and food Housesteads Visitor Centre is just up the road.